Management of alerts and advisories involving implantable cardiac defibrillators has become part of current clinical practice. The competing risks of device failure and complications associated with device replacement must be carefully assessed. Media greatly influence how physicians and patients perceive a recall, and therefore efforts must be made to avoid decisions based on perceived risks. Awareness of the potential risk of malfunction could increase patient anxiety. Health care professionals should be adequately informed of all aspects related to a device recall, trained in recall management, and able to inform patients and involve them in an accurate and transparent decision-making process.
- Psychological impact
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)